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live from the cbs broadcast center in philadelphia. this is cbs-3 "eyewitness news" this morning. a live look this morning from berlin where daybreak reveals destruction after a truck rams into a crowded christmas market. at least 12 people are dead. dozens more are hurt. why police say this was no accident. new jersey lawmakers say no deal, why he has to leave office until he write a book. >> busy morning here at cbs-3, it is our "joy of sharing" toyfest drop-off day. the trucks ready. we're ready. finds out how you can help us fill this truck with toys. today is tuesday, december 20th, good morning, i'm jim donovan. >> i'm rahel solomon. let's get the day start wad check on weather and traffic with meisha. >> good morning, you guys, happy tuesday, day two, nice roadways, hoping we're going
have good day on the roadways, jim, good to have you back, good day. >> so nice having you here. justin, is it going to stay dry? >> yes, today and really the next several days, not much happening for the end of december, pretty nights. cold. we're in the low 20's right now, but at least we don't have the wind. feels little betterment don't have windchill values down into the single digits, lower teens like we had yesterday morning, but clear skies over the region it, two, officially at the airport, breeze only 6 miles per hour, mid teens right now in the city but again yesterday we had some single digit windchills. mount pocono, 3 degrees, at this hour. twenty-two again in the city, 19 wilmington, quakertown, 12 this morning, 13 pottstown. we don't have the cloud cover like yesterday morning. little heat we had yesterday, easily, right back up to the atmosphere, cold there settling in at the surface, winds speeds 10 miles per hour, feels like 16 in reading as well as millville, 19 degrees, windchill, in
wildwood. storm scan3, nice and quiet, clear skies, few high clouds over extreme southern new jersey, other than, that go mostly clear today. >> a the love sunshine dollars warming us up yesterday, up to 40 today for philadelphia, 41 at the shore, only near freezing up in mount pocono region. warming trends though on the way, we head toward the christmas weekends, we will talk about that in a few more minutes, meisha, what's happening out there? >> craze what i 10 degrees difference will feel like. huge difference, all right, that's good. good morning, everyone, happy tuesday. soap, looking at 95 both directions north and southbound, at cottman, talking about this yesterday, where we had all of the construction, you can see, the cones in the roadways, still out there, so walking the left lanes both northbound, southbound again, it is right around cottman, you will have to give yourself extra time. yesterday had yesterday. you will again today. early, but already we how many vehicles are out on the roadways. wednesday, excuse me, wednesday, the vine, moving in the westbound and eastbound direction.
you can see the flashing lights, over night construction, westbound, eastbound, you are still closed should be opening within in the next 15 minute. by the way burlington bristol bridge opening around 425. that's now open, jen, rahel, back to you. >> thank you so much. german police now say that a deadly incident in a popular christmas market was a deliberate attack. >> this is the scene now central berlin. authorities are interrogating the man they say was behind the wheel of the truck, it plowed through this market killing at least 12 people, injuring 48. officials around the world were calling this a terror attack even before german authorities confirmed their findings, one eyewitness said initially it looked like an accident. >> i saw a truck barreling into a crowd of innocent people tonight. it looked like the truck jumped the curb and was going too fast, and it got out of control, and sort of just swerved into the market. >> police believe the truck was stolen, and the only passenger on board died
shortly after the crash, a polish national. >> white house describing the berlin as act of terrorism, sparking. >> trang do live at city hall where police are taking extra precautionary measures today. trang, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jim, rahel, yes, people coming to the market later today and throughout the week can expect to see more police officers patrolling the market, even here, hours before this market even opens, we've seen several police cars as well as security guards patrolling around. last night here at the christmas village, lots of concern from shoppers taking in this city holiday tradition which now in its ninth year. people here are not necessarily worried about similar attack happening here. they're just saying a lot of sadness for the german people. still, philadelphia police say, they're not taking any chances. >> we have increased our patrol over there.
in terms of this type of incident happening, you have to be mindful of it. we can't be naive and act like it didn't happen. in the same sense we don't want to create unnecessary panic. in the same sense, we have increased presence over in that area. >> now, on the facebook page for philadelphia christmas village, photo posted this morning with the message for the german people our hearts and thoughts are with berlin. we certainly all feel that this morning. now, the christmas village here set to remain open through 5:00 p.m. on christmas eve. but for now, live from city hall, trang do, cbs-3, "eyewitness news", jim, rahel, back to you. >> trang, thank you. stay with "eyewitness news" as we update the tragedy in berlin, and when you're way from your television set of course you can always visit us on line at cbsphilly.com. >> calling the assassination of russia's ambassador to turk a terrorist attack. andre was giving a speech, at the exhibition when turkish policeman shot him.
gunman shotted his allegiance to the profit muhammad and pledged to carry out jihad. also condemned russia's military role in syria. >> back here at home, firefighters on the scene of house fire in philadelphia's talcony section. "eyewitness news" on the 6,000 block of gill he is bee street. crews responded just after 3:30 this morning. at this point authority don't know if the home is occupied. no worlds of any injuries at this time. >> here in philadelphia, unidentified woman is in critical condition after she was shot in the head on a street in fairhill. the woman who appears to be in her 40's, was found along the 2700 block of north third street. this is before 11:30 last night. right now police have no suspect, but they say, surveillance video could help her in the search for her attacker. meanwhile, accident investigators are looking into a crash on the new jersey turnpike that killed one person, and left another seriously injured. chopper three over the scene in mt. laurel around 93:00 last night. authorities say a pick-up truck heading southbound
struck a person working on the rear after disable tractor-trailer. that person was killed. another person was rushed to the hospital. >> it is a done deal for president-elect trump. the electoral college formally cast their ballots that mid him america's 45th president. >> the vote for president of the united states was 20 votes for donald j trump and vote for vice president for the united states, 20 votes for michael r pence. >> now the state capitol in harrisburg, pennsylvania 20 toral events went to mr. trump, and mike pence, similar played out in state capitols across the country. last night the state of texas actually put the president-elect over the top, surfaced the the 270 electoral votes he needed to claim victory. >> as the voting went on, protesters gathered outside the pennsylvania state house, few managed to make their way inside. called president-elect trump unfit for i hoot he is offers
in the lands. appears governor chris christie's book deal will have to wait. new jersey law make letters not vote on america tour change ethics law whip bars the governor from signing a book deal. signed off on the bill but rang and file members were not happy with the measure, and the votes weren't there. so far, no comment from the governor. >> well, there is much more to cover on cbs-3 "eyewitness news" this morning. philadelphia soda tax gets test in court. what impact the decision will have for the city. >> and, they needed the police for this delivery. how philly's finest helped little girl who spent time in the hospital, for children spending their holidays there. we're back in two minut
children in philadelphia were found to have harmful levels of lead in their blood. >> today hundreds every thousands every homes in philadelphia have interiors with paint that contain lead, even though we did not create the problem we need to address it. >> high levels of lead can cause irreversible brain damage, lower iq, and even life-long learning and behavioral problems. the mayor also won a legal victory for his tax on sugary drinks. a philadelphia common pleas court judge has dismissed lawsuit against the tax. the ruling clears way for the tax to start on new years day. now it is one and a half cents per ounce, mayor says, proceeds will funds pre-kindergarten, the the attorneys for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit brought by the beverage industry plan to appeal the judge's decision. well, time now 4:41ing. >> justin here with another check of the forecast, justin, you know, chilly day but maybe warm up coming? >> little warm up headed into christmas holiday. not bad. so sorry winter weather lovers, it doesn't look like white christmas at this point. weather pattern pretty quiet.
temperatures really just too warm during the day to support any snowstorms. arctic air starting to move on out. actually cold they are morning, than it was yesterday at this time. look at that, 8 degrees cold nerve philadelphia, 11 in wilmington, at least the winds are backing off little bit. so it doesn't feel as bad. still, windchills down to the teens, but it will feel pretty good later this morning, into the afternoon. temperature, 14 at this hour, 17 in trenton, 21 in millville at this hour. remember, yesterday, we had that cold arctic air, situated over the midwest, chicago down into the single digits, now temperatures starting to climb up, indicating the arctic air is moving on out. really will not return probably not until sometime in january. looks like the rest of the year stays at or even above average when you average all of the highs and lows together. storm scan3, quiet, high pressure still dominating mid-atlantic. this will look like this really for the next several days headed into the holiday weekends, not much activity as far as the weather pattern goes. jet stream flattening out t means just gets back moving weak systems coming on by, producing few clouds, temperatures start to warm up.
future weather model, a lot of sunshine today, evening is quiet. tomorrow starting off with mostly sunny skies, few clouds return, coming in wednesday afternoon, but not going to produce any precipitation, not bad rebounds, coming off the low 20's this morning, up to 40 this afternoon, still below average with the sunshine, tonight, not quite as colds, still chilly at 28 degrees, in the city. little colder in the suburbs, here is the extended forecast, staying warmer, mid 50's tomorrow, winter officially arrives. mid week, upper 40's, 48 to 50 degrees, look like the 50's continue into next week. >> wow, 48 and ooh over christmas, all right, justin, thank you so much. good morning, everyone, and very happy tuesday to you. so, looking outside right now at some construction, dealing with this construction project yesterday on 95. did it slow you down? yep it, did. probably will again today. ninety-five north and southbound at cottman, left lanes blocked there, both directions. not causing any slow downs right now. you can see still early, haven't even cracked into the 5:00 hour yet. once we push into the 5:00 and specially into the 6:00 hour,
these cones will slow you down, just factor that into your morning plans. also the vine west and westbound, we are closed for the overnight construction, hopefully that clears by the 5:00 hour. now, also, the burlington bristol bridge is opening right now, heads up on. that plus a lot of construction, pa turnpike westbound, see if i can get this, pa turnpike between downingtown, valley forge, right lane blocked in that area, also route 42 northbound between route 130 and walt whitman bridge. one to two lanes blocked there. so around 5:00 a.m. we will be take being a lot more construction coming up in the next 15 minutes, jim, over to you. >> thank you, meisha. still ahead on "eyewitness news" this morning, you work for it, it is paid for, but how many americans are missing out on vacation time? >> no, not you, jim, not you. >> and, it is toyfest drop off day. how you can be part of the tradition when "eyewitness news" continues.
>> sister station "kyw news radio" 1060, also, today, pennsylvania electoral college does its duty despite the shouts of protesters. a warning from others who may want to try to smoke marijuana during pregnancy, and democratic national convention organizers are helping thousands of philadelphia school children open up new books. you can check in two, three, four times a day on "kyw news radio" 1060 on your a.m. dial. well, a toy drive-in spired by little girl who is being treated for cancer got much bigger than anyone expected. >> a convoy every toys arrived at children's hospital of philadelphia with a police escort. four year old jillian matthews, who has brain and spine cancer, led the special delivery, after being in the hospital for chemotherapy, jill juan was released but what about the kids who can't go home for the hospital? enter the sassy massey toy drive. that's jillian's name. >> amaze to go see the turn out, how many people support in the cause, and we just can't thank everybody enough
for what they've done and what they will be doing for people down at chop. >> how about this? when asked about chop, jillian doesn't talk about a hospital. she says that's the place she goes to play. she wants to make sure her friends also have plenty of gifts for the holiday. >> because she is sasin deed. >> i love that. >> well, we are getting ready for very busy morning here at cbs-3. now, don't let the peace and quiet of our parking lot fool you. >> certainly. >> no time at all we are expecting a loft activity, as our drive-thru toy drop off day for our "joy of sharing" toyfest. the truck is ready. filled with all of the toys. all do you have do is bring new, unwrapped toy to our cbs-3 studios, just drop it off right here. we will be here starting at 6:00 this morning. if you can drop off the toys until 8:00 tonight. you can find us at 1555 hamilton street right here in philly. the toys will be donated to the salvation army, uso, and the boys and girls club.
this year. part of the statistics, six out of ten younger millennials tapping on some of their alloted vacation time, bank rate. com, maybe workaholic work culture, also say many employees have the option to roll over the vacation time, or given the opportunity to get cash in lou of the time off, and they prefer taking the money. >> okay, well, all right, now, if you give options, that's one thing, but if it is use it or lose it? >> i understands, come into new job, you want to do very well. okay, all right, well -- >> you're wrong. >> in this case i think we should be more like the europeans? >> thirty weeks vacation for everybody. >> for everybody. all right, hena, thank you. >> well, coming up after the break. if i'm not on vacation, we will get another check on weather and traffic. >> philly phanatic apparently working helping the team spread joy for the holidays. he'll be right back.
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>> ♪ >> ♪ >> welcome back everyone, in just about an hour, we start filling the truck with present, the "joy of sharing" toyfest drop-off starts at 6:00 a.m. so if you have and wrapped toy, bring it right here to our cbs-3 studios, 1555 hamilton street. one every us will take care of the rest. make some child happy this holiday. justin, how is the forecast looking? >> going to be little chilly. so if you're headed out to the drop off, yes, you will have the went he err coat. at least we're dry, sunshine coming at us later this morning, in compared to where we're sitting as far as temperatures, not bad rebounds. look at that, 22 in philadelphia, 17 in trenton, 14 in allentown, so cold, certainly satining in, 3 degrees in mount pocono, take few degrees off that to factor in that windchill. storm scan3, quiet, though,
still some leftovers clouds hanging just off shore. but a lot of clear skies situated over pennsylvania, most of the mid-atlantic, so seeing a lot of sunshine, up around 40 degrees, new degrees below average, 43 where we should be nor date. for tonight, clear, cold, 28 for the city, little colder in some suburbs, but we have warming trend happening. starting tomorrow, as winter arrives, 544 in the morning, on our way above average, 45 degrees, partly sunny skies, thursday looks like we will see some showers. yesterday, that system, kind of weakening, it will be clouds that should stay dry. forty-eight, back to sunny skies friday, 46. great holiday travel, leading up to the weekends, weekends itself on the mild side, up fourth's, 50 degrees, christmas night could use some showers, into next week, monday's highs into the lower 50's. checking the traffic with meisha. good morning. >> i'm all ears when you say great holiday traveling. because let me tell you, i was stuck in the airport, not fun last weekends, and i jump on plane tomorrow, too. good morning, i don't know about you guys, if you are traveling anywhere, but good
luck to you. i'm going to be crossing my fingers myself. fifty-nine north and southbound at cottman, left lane is blocked, now, what we were seeing yesterday, kind of the same thing here. we have the cones, littering the roadway, and what happened it ended up getting very, very slow yesterday. granted there were a lot of on and off ramps. those were closed and kind of opening, but what we were really dealing with, one lane closed on 95, that's what we are dealing with right now. you can see out there, north and southbound at cottman, not looking bad at all on 95, it will little later. so make sure give ourselves couple every extra minutes, if you are headed out in the 6:00 hour add about maybe 15, 20 minutes extra onto that. then we go to the vine, that's closed overnight, we can see the crews out there right now, eastbound side, hopefully trying to get that moved out of the way. westbound, eastbound side on the vine still closed and construction, pa turnpike westbound between downingtown and valley form, right lane blocked there. plus, route 42 northbound between 130 and walt whitman bridge. one, two lanes are blocked, that should g lifting right around 5:00 a.m. we'll see if it does so. new jersey turnpike northbound near delaware memorial plaza,
left lane blocked, that's also going to be blocked until around 5:00 a.m. a lot more to talk about when we come back in a few minutes, jim, role hell, back to you. >> phillies are on those mourn important season yet. >> because it is the season of giving. members of the phillies family served holiday dinner to about 200 homeless people in north philadelphia. phillies front office prepared, donated the food. philly phanatic even stopped by to grab a plate, see, everybody's working. event made possible in part by the price right of camden which donated 25 turkeys. >> good for them. well, in the next hour of cbs-3 "eyewitness news", how police in our area are responding after yesterday's deadly attack in berlin. plus: >> overnight the chinese government returns and an american drone seized last week, what the pentagon says it will do next. >> and stopping at franklin square, we will tell you the two very special guests making appearance in franklin square tonight. part of a annual tradition when we come back. >> ♪
>> live from the cbs broadcast center in philadelphia. this is cbs-3 "eyewitness news" this morning. >> increasing security local authorities react after a truck plows through crowded christmas market in germany, leaving a dozen people dead, and many more hurt. the way they're work to go keep people safe here. captured on tape, the moment a driver slammed into the back after police cruiser, this morning, why police say this was no accident. >> and stocking the classroom. the way local teach remembers helping fellow educators even as their district goes through financial hardship. >> well, today is tuesday, december 20th, good morning, i'm jim donovan. >> i'm rahel solomon. all of that plus buddy the elf and santa making a appearance in our area tonight. first, here is your forecast with justin drabick and katie
and check on the roads with meisha. good morning. >> good morning, i can't wait, my gosh, i can't wait. roads are looking good, nice and dry, heating up little bit, especially 95, we will be talking about that coming up in a little bit. justin, how is this? >> not much happening in the weather world. pretty quiet. >> nice, easy, i kind of pick me feet up back in the weather center. you know that's going to happen probably few more weeks, really crank up these, but it is cold, colder than yesterday. but at least we don't have the wind. so little bit more bearable to be outside. i tell you, taking advantage of this cold. look at the poconos, snow guns cranking here, live look at big boulder, all of the resorts, ideal snow making conditions pretty much around the clock up in the poconos, cold air in place, but actually getting warming trend. but excellent skiing, riding conditions coming at us this week, leading into up come coming holiday, temperature change compared to this time yesterday. nine in mount pocono, so that